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  • Originally posted by 3rutu5 View Post
    I've had my PV export for a year now and it's great I wish it had a bigger group lol. I'm dreading the day I have to replace the seals but might have to take the shower off to see how much coffee has made it past.

    Who's this jack you guys speak of and could somebody pm me his details? The lusso and export have identical parts so I want to get some seal kits in advance and would prefer to get them locally
    Jack is who I bought my PVL off in 2011… The SorrentinaCoffee.com website no longer has the PVL machines on it, so I’m not sure if he’s still involved or not? He used to mail around the seal change tool as well. I’ve probably changed the seals on average each year, but of late one of the handles has been running for 2 years and is only now showing signs the seals need replacing.
    Since 2011 I’ve had to replace my steam wand (leak developed at the braized section), a new brain… despite hard use and even someone running the machine without water, electrode was fine just required a new brain. The brain has an under-rated component on it that will eventually break if you allow it to flick over to low water light too many times.

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    • Originally posted by Jitsukablue View Post
      Jack is who I bought my PVL off in 2011… The SorrentinaCoffee.com website no longer has the PVL machines on it, so I’m not sure if he’s still involved or not? He used to mail around the seal change tool as well. I’ve probably changed the seals on average each year, but of late one of the handles has been running for 2 years and is only now showing signs the seals need replacing.
      Since 2011 I’ve had to replace my steam wand (leak developed at the braized section), a new brain… despite hard use and even someone running the machine without water, electrode was fine just required a new brain. The brain has an under-rated component on it that will eventually break if you allow it to flick over to low water light too many times.
      So i have had a PVL for 6 months with no problems. Made 2 coffees this morning on a 3/4 tank of water. Then this afternoon i went to make a mid arvo coffee and when i turned the machine on it lit up the "Low Water Light" and won't heat the water. There is plenty of water in the boiler. Any suggestions on what has gone on and how could fix it????

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      • Originally posted by CraigTaylor View Post
        So i have had a PVL for 6 months with no problems. Made 2 coffees this morning on a 3/4 tank of water. Then this afternoon i went to make a mid arvo coffee and when i turned the machine on it lit up the "Low Water Light" and won't heat the water. There is plenty of water in the boiler. Any suggestions on what has gone on and how could fix it????
        Most likely brain, I think the same happened to mine back in 2014 (got my machine in Oct 2012) was still under warranty so Sorrentina supplied parts($60) and I replaced which was fairly easy. Its a good idea to do yourself and learn the machine anyway for future fixing. I havn't been on this site much in 5 years but will do the anti-vac mod now I now what parts to get.

        Machine still works great, new different 'brain' makes the low water redundant and I have replaced heating element due to burning it out (from low water). Most other things are in great condition powder coating under drip tray is falling off and shows signs of slight rust but it was peeling from the get go, plastic wire cover is ridiculously distorted from heat, boiler has expanded a bit and turned completely blue/black from the original grey/silver. I added the right angle elbow to pstat to access from top cover but havn't ever needed it as pressure has stayed consistent the whole five years (ive changed it maybe twice just for fun).

        edit:site with parts
        Last edited by abuch47; 20 May 2017, 06:06 PM. Reason: info

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        • You might need to remove that link. You could instead say what to google to get there.

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          • Anyone still get these in to AU?

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            • cant find edit button for my last post

              also just got the antivac etc from coffe parts as per pauls post. def not 100% right thread but will work with some ptfe tape. tried without tape to just past hand tight (with a shifter) and turned her on and it leaked from every joint. The Lusso threads are probably something odd so this definitely seems to be the cheapest, quickest antivac mod even without a perfect fit. No more false pressure

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              • sorry matt no idea who has the machines but you can find a few expensive ones through googling. Try sorrentinas website contact.

                Anyone know where to get seals cheapest? would like to stock a few sets.

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                • Hi

                  My PVL is years old and haven't yet got a seal problem but getting a set of seals before I need them would be a good idea. Perhaps if we have enough people we can do one order for several owners?

                  Mike

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                  • Originally posted by speleomike View Post
                    Hi

                    My PVL is years old and haven't yet got a seal problem but getting a set of seals before I need them would be a good idea. Perhaps if we have enough people we can do one order for several owners?

                    Mike
                    I'd be up for a set of spare seals for mine also.

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                    • Originally posted by rgrosz View Post
                      One thing I had for my prior Gaggia Classic machine was a maintenance schedule. I haven't found anything like that (or any discussion about routine maintenance) for the PVL. Is there stuff other than routine de-scaling (with citric acid) that I should be doing?
                      Originally posted by GreenBeanGenii View Post
                      Actually it was posted early in the thread that the manual suggests using vinegar! Been devouring all the info as the machine so appeals to me. Have to do more reading yet. La Pavs can be descaled with vinegar as well.
                      To make thngs even better, there is a thread about changing seals.
                      http://coffeesnobs.com.au/brewing-eq...lusso-way.html

                      If you have read this already, how cool is the info written up by Jack? If not, enjoy the read.
                      I have a sense of romance with lever machines. Or is that fond memories of Sicily in my youth!
                      Looks like I am ready to replace my PVL. I am a software guy without much hand strength, not a hardware geek / engineer.

                      I read through the thread about changing the seals, and followed the instructions carefully. The entire process of replacing the seals took me about 7 hours (over three days), and ended in disaster. At the very last step, I tried to replace the shower screen. Then I noticed that the last seal on the piston was totally trashed.

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                      • Originally posted by rgrosz View Post
                        The entire process of replacing the seals took me about 7 hours (over three days) Then I noticed that the last seal on the piston was totally trashed.


                        What did/will you get?

                        just ordered $475 worth of spare parts

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                        • Originally posted by abuch47 View Post


                          What did/will you get?

                          just ordered $475 worth of spare parts
                          I will be purchasing the Londinium-R as my next lever machine. Don't seem to be many Londinium fans on coffeesnobs ...

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                          • Originally posted by rgrosz View Post
                            I will be purchasing the Londinium-R as my next lever machine. Don't seem to be many Londinium fans on coffeesnobs ...
                            Nice havn't followed that machine since its pre-debut.

                            I need a new steam wand as I have hairline cracks in mine due to so much use which lets steam out above the wiring.

                            Anyone know where and what sort ie 1 hole, 3 hole, 4 hole?

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                            • Originally posted by rgrosz View Post
                              I will be purchasing the Londinium-R as my next lever machine. Don't seem to be many Londinium fans on coffeesnobs ...
                              There is some history behind that !
                              lets just say there were some divided opinions at the time of its release regarding its design and performance !

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                              • Anyone know where to get a steam wand from?

                                1stline have it but only ship to US
                                ponte vecchio dont respond
                                la macchina del cafe only have the export steam wand

                                which i bought accidentally does anyone want to buy it of me for $20?

                                otherwise I will just bend the brass pipe to fit mine.

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